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7 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Haircolor

Do you feel like your haircolor is fading faster than it should? Do you feel like you need a touchup every couple of weeks?

If you are coloring your hair either at home or in a salon you have made an investment of both time and money. It can be super frustrating to see that investment literally fade away. This is a problem that is especially common in the summer months when exposure to the elements is higher than normal and hair seems to grow at a faster rate. Here are 7 tips to extend the life of your haircolor and hopefully buy you a little bit more time between touchups.

  • 7 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Haircolor 1 of 8
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  • Choose a Shampoo Formulated for Color Treated Hair 2 of 8
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    If you are coloring your hair, you should be using a color protection shampoo that contains UV filters. This nourishing shampoo from Alterna is sulfate free to gently cleanse without stripping color.
    Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Vibrant Color Shampoo, found at Sephora. $22

  • Skip the Hot Showers 3 of 8
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    While shampooing, keep the temperature of your shower down. Steaming hot water helps open your hair's cuticle and let the tint molecules escape.

  • Take Cover 4 of 8
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    Hats are great way to protect your haircolor from the super-fading powers of the sun. This adorable floppy hat proves you don't have to spend a lot to look chic.
    Forever 21 Nautical Straw Sun Hat $12.80

  • Wrap It Up 5 of 8
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    Not a hat person? Learn to tie a headscarf for a super cute, retro way to protect your color.
    Found on Mollie Makes.

  • Add Extra UV Protection 6 of 8
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    Give your locks extra protection with a moisturizing UV protective spray like this one from Shiseido or any from my recent roundup.
    Shiseido Refreshing Sun Protection Spray SPF 16, available at Macys. $30

     

  • Break Up The Base 7 of 8
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    Adding highlights breaks up the solidness of a base color so you aren't left with a harsh line when your new growth comes in and affords you a little bit more time between salon visits.

  • Fake It ‘Til You Make It 8 of 8
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    In a pinch, you can hide your roots with a temporary touch up wand or pen like this waterproof product from Oscar Blandi.
    Oscar Blandi ‘Pronto Colore' Root Touch Up & Highlighting Pen, available at Nordstrom. $23

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